By: Elizabeth Fitamant
The beginning of the fall semester is always an exciting time. We are able to see old friends from our past years, while also welcoming new friends and new faces around campus. This past August, Mount Saint Mary College has welcomed a new and very important member to our community, Father Greg Fluet.
Since starting here on Aug. 15, Father Greg has been showered with nothing but welcoming smiles, amazing students and friendly faculty and staff. He says, “So far, I have been so impressed by everything on this campus. It has been such a tremendous gift to be of service to you students.” During his first few days here on campus, Father Greg had the pleasure of getting to know the students involved in Residence Life. They invited him to their events and even showed him around campus, making sure that he felt just as at home as we do here at the Mount.
Before coming to the Mount to become our chaplain, Father Greg came from a very interesting and experienced background. He was born in Thetford Mines, which is a Province of Quebec, Canada. He immigrated to the United States and grew up in Massachusetts thereafter.
Father has been a priest for 35 years and within those years has had many wonderful opportunities to shine his light upon others. In 1982, Father Greg became an ordained priest. From 1982-1984, Father was the assistant priest at St. Joseph in North Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut. He then became a teacher and the chaplain at St. Bernard High School in Uncasville, Connecticut, and was there from 1984 until 1989. From 2004 until 2017, Father taught religious studies, history and offered spiritual counsel to the young men preparing for their priesthood at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
In addition to his remarkable commitment, Father Greg has been awarded many honors over his years as a priest. He has opened two sessions of the United States Senate as chaplain of the United States, where after he got his prayer published in the Congressional Record. Father Greg has also had the amazing opportunity to meet with extraordinary people like former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
Before coming to campus, Father Greg and our previous chaplain, Father Francis, met together to discuss the future of our college. Father Greg explained, “Father Francis and I are very similar. I believe that we are on the same wavelength when it comes to the work that can be done on campus.”
Father Greg wishes to continue the activities and service programs that Father Francis has brought to the Mount and encourages anyone interested on campus to get involved.
“We want to keep the good work of Father Francis going and we want to continue by adding our own flavor as the college grows,” Father explained.
Recently, Father Greg has organized donations for hurricane victims and wants to soon get a jumpstart in helping the surrounding Newburgh area during the holidays, as well as setting up The Giving Tree.
“I’m here for everybody. Everyone is welcome into campus ministry,” Father Greg explained. He wants to make sure that everyone on campus knows that he is here for the students and will be pleased to help guide anyone who is in need of direction.
I’m happy to speak for the whole Mount community when I say that we are all so excited for what the future will hold with Father Greg.
Father Greg wants everyone to be aware of the services that are available to us on campus. Mass is held every Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Dominican Center Chapel and every day at 11:30 a.m. There is a prayer time every day from 8-9 a.m. in the Guzman Chapel. Confessions are held every Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and will now be offered before mass on Sundays from 5:00-5:30 p.m.